Politicians respond President Obama's speech to Congress

Rep. Sutton Issues Statement on President Obama's Speech to Congress

 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech before a joint session of Congress:

The most important issue to my constituents is the issue of creating jobs. Tonight, President Obama echoed the urgency felt across Northeast Ohio that first and foremost we must get people back to work. The strength of our economy and nation depend on it. Given an opportunity and a fair playing field, American workers will out-work and out-innovate anyone, but they can't work if there are no jobs. We must take immediate steps to support our workers and create jobs and I am glad that the President is focused on that.

Over the past months I have spoken with businesses and employees throughout Northeast Ohio. From small businesses to large factories, the people of our state just want a fair shake and a chance to work; it's up to us to come together to put forth common-sense solutions that will strengthen our middle class, revitalize our manufacturing base, and rebuild

our infrastructure and economy. We are the United States of America; we can get our people back to work if we are resolute in our mission. I know that I am and I hope that all of my colleagues in Congress and at every level of service will join together to face the urgency of our need to help people get back to work."

Statement on President Obama's Joint Session Address

WASHINGTON, DC-- Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) made this statement in response to the President's speech to the joint session of Congress tonight:

"The American people want to see progress on jobs, and tonight the President showed leadership and initiative. I believe this is the direction in which we need to take our country. It's time we put partisanship aside. I'm hopeful we will come together and pass this legislation," said Rep. Fudge.

"It's imperative that we extend unemployment benefits to those who are suffering the most, while instituting programs with innovative work-based reforms. The President is right on the mark. We need tax relief for our workers and for our small businesses. It's vital to support both our small and medium size businesses, and make sure they have the capital and resources necessary to sustain and grow."

"I support the President's infrastructure plan, which would put Americans to get back to work now. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, all of us have crumbling schools and bridges in our districts. We all have constituents eager to get back to work."

Leader Budish's Statement in Support of the President's American Jobs Act

Urges Congress to work together to promote job creation

COLUMBUS- Tonight, Ohio House Democratic Leader Armond Budish released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech, laying out his job creation agenda.

"Tonight, President Obama addressed a joint session of congress and the nation unveiling the American Jobs Act.  I urge the Leadership of the House and Senate to work with the President to accomplish these critical steps immediately, in order to put Americans back to work.  The American Jobs Act is based on ideas from both sides of the aisle, and should have an immediate impact on job creation and economic growth.  At the same time, it puts more money back in the pockets of the already struggling middle class and cuts taxes for small businesses," Leader Budish said. "I encourage Congress to lead by example and to put partisan politics aside for the good of the American people."

Portman Statement on President's "Jobs Plan"

"I had hoped to see less time spent assigning blame, and more time fighting for results with new, bipartisan proposals that will unleash the private sector and spur economic growth."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's speech today:

"Good speeches and more deficit spending won't get Americans back to work.  But unfortunately that's what we heard tonight – President Obama doubling down on his failed stimulus that pushed the country further into debt while not creating the jobs promised.  What's worse, it appears President Obama is once again abdicating responsibility in paying for his plans, pushing it off on the Deficit Reduction Committee. 

"Instead of more temporary measures and deficit spending, we need an aggressive, pro-growth approach that gives job creators more certainty and incentives to invest. There is a simple list of reforms we should enact immediately, including a more competitive tax code that will lead to economic growth, sensible regulatory relief that will remove unnecessary burdens on employers, and new policies tying high tech federal job training directly to employers. And we must expand exports because they equal jobs. The President should immediately submit the job-creating agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama that knock down unfair barriers for our workers, farmers and service providers.

"What we don't need are the same failed policies the President has proposed in the past – more government spending and more government involvement. Since President Obama proposed the $800 billion stimulus bill more than two years ago, there are 1.7 million fewer jobs in the country, while Washington's debt continues to skyrocket. Clearly, the nation cannot spend its way to prosperity.

"I had hoped to see less time spent assigning blame, and more time fighting for results with new, bipartisan proposals that will unleash the private sector and spur economic growth."

Statement by Speaker Boehner on President Obama's Address to a Joint Session of Congress 

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress:

        "American families and small businesses are hurting, and they are looking for the White House and Congress to seek common ground and work together to help get our economy back on track.  Republicans have laid out a blueprint for economic growth and job creation – our Plan for America's Job Creators – that focuses on one thing: removing government barriers to private-sector job growth.

        "The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well.  It's my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation."

Congressman Bob Gibbs responds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) made the following statement in response to President Obama's address to the Joint Session of Congress on September 8, 2011:

"The President's repackaged stimulus proposals laid out tonight will do nothing to create jobs.  Higher taxes, record spending, and bigger government has failed to create jobs or boost economic growth.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now 1.7 million fewer jobs in America than there were before the President signed the economic stimulus into law.  By the President's own standards, the centerpiece of his jobs agenda has been a failure.

"But instead of candidly acknowledging that the 9.1% unemployment rate and $14.7 trillion deficit resulting from the stimulus are not signs of an economic recovery, the President continues to repeat the mistakes of the past and pursue his failed economic agenda.

"While I am pleased to hear the President express a desire to find areas of common ground that can be implemented in divided government, I am concerned that tonight we heard him propose more temporary measures that center on massive government spending and debt.  I had hoped he would lay out permanent reforms and changes that would promote long term economic growth and remove the barriers of uncertainty that prevent employers from hiring.

"I am heartened by the proposals the President outlined that are based in conservative foundations and I plan to give them my full consideration.  However, I seriously hope that he urges the Senate to consider the 10 House passed job-creating bills, including two bipartisan initiatives I introduced.  Further delay of these bipartisan job-creating bills is unacceptable.

"It's my hope that we can work together to enact truly pro-growth, long-term reforms to provide American job creators with the certainty that they need to hire and expand."


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